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    ISAS Insights

    ISAS publishes a regular series of insights which reflect the perspectives and views of ISAS researchers and consultants on South Asia’s developments.​​

    Insights: Structural Transformation of Bhutan’s Economy: Challenges Remain

    Amit Ranjan

    17 February, 2020

    In spite of its structural transformation, Bhutan’s economy is not performing well. While the tourism sector has seen growth, the other sectors are not performing up to expectations. The economy also continues to be highly dependent on the hydropower sector. Bhutan also remains highly dependent on India for market, trade, money and technology.

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    Insights: The Deeper Implications of India’s Protests Against the Citizenship Act

    Diego Maiorano

    23 January, 2020

    India has been engulfed with large-scale protests for over a month in the wake of the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in December 2019, which grants special privileges to non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh for the acquisition of Indian citizenship. While the protests will likely continue for a while, it is unlikely that the government will concede much. However, it is the longer-term impact of the protests, especially in terms of India’s international standing and federal relations, that should be a cause for concern.

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    Insights: The Climate Emergency Situation in Maharashtra: A Big Challenge for Uddhav Thackeray

    Amit Ranjan

    22 January, 2020

    A key challenge facing the new Maharashtra government is the urgent need to deal with the “climate emergency” in the state. A number of studies and reports on the impact of climate change have shown that if appropriate steps are not taken now, Maharashtra could face serious economic consequences in the near future.

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    Insights: A New Chief of Defence Staff Post in India: Ensuring Greater Security Coordination

    Vinod Rai

    2 January, 2020

    The Indian government has formally announced the creation of the post of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). This appointment had been recommended by many committees, the most significant of which was the one after the Kargil operations against Pakistan. The CDS is expected to provide a single point of advice to the government on all tri-service matters and serve as the permanent chairman of the chiefs of staff committee. He will also head the Department of Military Affairs in the Ministry of Defence. The appointment is expected to provide synergy in the functioning of the three services and bring about better coordination in training and other capital acquisition plans.

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